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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Aug 5, 2008 7:35pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Checking in...

I'm still around! Eagerly awaiting new films and occassionally discovering ones I didn't catch earlier.

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Poster: Rick Prelinger Date: Aug 4, 2008 4:13pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Checking in...

I guess I should check in, too.

Many of you are wondering what's happening with the new uploads. Here's a status report.

As I reported earlier, we are digitizing our entire collection and "going tapeless." Since it is much more efficient to create output files for upload to the IA as part of the same workflow, we have traded short-term timeliness for long-term efficiency.

I am going through our entire tape library and grabbing in and out points so that Skip, who is digitizing, can make digital files that begin and end at the right point. This is not an exact science, and also involves a lot of metadata cleanup, so it's time-consuming. Also, I'm pretty much the only person who can do this job, as it involves dumping lots of information directly from my brain into FileMaker, and if I hired someone else to do it, I'd spend a lot of time editing and correcting their work. When a batch of tapes is virtually "cued up" in this manner, it goes to Skip. He is making a high-bandwidth digital master file, which he will then send us on ESATA drives. At the same time he'll make and upload the IA files.

We are going to "feed" tapes to Skip and he'll "feed" files to the IA. This latter part should start soon but I know Skip is very busy at the moment with a bunch of projects and I'm not going to make promises that depend on his time.

We would like people to download as many of the new files as they can. I was hoping we could build a monster tarball with 500 films, and asked Brewster about this, but he (rightfully, I think) said that this would pound our storage and bandwidth in a potentially unwise way. What I'm going to do instead is make a special webpage that lists all the file names so people can set up a script to grab everything in sequence if they desire.

It isn't possible to give out a list in advance because basically we're going to upload a broad selection of films, meaning almost everything we've transferred in the past few years up to a total of 500-520 titles. I will say that there aren't many more Design for Dreamings, Ducks and Covers and Once Upon a Honeymoons in our collection, but there will still be lots of great stuff, including a number of titles I didn't upload back in 2000.

Please stay tuned, and we thank you for your patience.

Few archivists are as lucky as we are. It is a rare and enjoyable privilege, and a great feeling, to know so many people are downloading our films, making great new work with them and using them in ways we never could have imagined. I hope the number of users and new works will continue to grow.

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Poster: Scribble Date: Aug 6, 2008 2:13pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Checking in...

Rick, I want to thank you and Skip for all the hard work you've been putting into this...I know it is appreciated by the many people who use this archive.

I am in the process of editing a film I've been working on for the last couple of years on mid-century futurism. Along with many hours of original material and interviews I've shot all over the United States, the archive has been invaluable to me on this project.

I am incredibly excited about the prospect of the new films and wait in great anticipation for any new and wonderful slices-of-life they may offer.

By the way, if you have any additional films that feature the General Motors Firebird concept cars of the 1950's, it would be a real dream to see them...